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MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a data communication protocol transmitted via USB, 5-pin DIN, or jack cables.
MIDI is used for integrating with, controlling and communicating functional commands to software programs and other MIDI hardware.
MIDI can contain note data such as Pitch, Velocity, Note on/off, and Aftertouch among many other functions.
MIDI is inaudible in its simplest format. MIDI data can be translated into audio by a sound module, such as a hardware or software synthesiser, VST, keyboard or Drum Machine.
Control Surfaces, synthesisers, and sequencers use MIDI to communicate messages containing note data and controls for various parameters. Some complex MIDI messages require advanced configuration to be sent and received correctly, however, most keyboards transmit note data containing Pitch, Velocity, and Note on/off. This note data is used to trigger a sound module.
For example, creating an external MIDI track in a DAW such as Logic or Ableton will record and transmit MIDI data, though it will not be audible unless received by a Sound Module. If the track is sending MIDI to a sound module, such as a synthesiser or VST, the MIDI data will trigger the module to create a sound in response to the pitch and velocity of the MIDI message.
The correct setup procedure to configure a MIDI controller or keyboard with a sound module varies depending on the specific device, software, and connections you’re using.
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